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Max Lange vs Adolf Anderssen
Berlin Congress GCF (1851)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit MacDonnell Attack (C33)  ·  1-0


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Nov-18-04  Knight13: Very skillful Lange.
Apr-13-05  Catfriend: 21.Bd4!! Qxd4 22.Rxg6+ fg 23.Qxg6+ Qg7 24.Qxe8+ Qf8 25.Ne7+ Kg7 26.Qg6#

22..Kf8 23.Qh8+ Qxh8 24.Rxh8#

23..Kf8 24.Rf1+ and mate in 2.

Apr-13-05  ughaibu: How about 21....Re5?
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  Honza Cervenka: <How about 21....Re5?> 22.Bxe5 dxe5 23.Ne7+ Kf8 (23...Nxe7 24.Rh8+ with mate) 24.Nxg6+ fxg6 25.Rxg6 or 22...Qxe5 23.Rxg6+ fxg6 24.Qxg6+ Kf8 25.Nf6 d5 26.Rh7 etc.
Jan-01-06  dakgootje: very nice game. Was it the puzzle of 13-04-05, else it would make a nice puzzle...
Jan-01-06  ughaibu: 21....Bh3 22.Rh3 Qd4 leads to an endgame a pawn down, no?
Jan-01-06  psmith: <ughaibu> After 21...Bh3 22. Rxh3 Qxd4 23. Rxg6+ fxg6 24. Qxg6+ Qg7 25. Nf6+ Kf8 26. Qf5 threatening 27. Rh7 wins.

But even more convincing is 21... Bh3+ 22. Qxh3 Qxd4 23. Rxg6+ fxg6 24. Qh7+ Kf8 25. Rf1+ and mates. (assistance from Fritz with this.)

Jan-01-06  ughaibu: Looks good, thanks.
Jan-01-06  ughaibu: Psmith: In your first line isn't black okay with 26....Re5?
Jan-01-06  psmith: <ughaibu> Fritz says after 26...Re5 27. Nd7+ wins:

27... Ke8 28. Nxe5 dxe5 (28... Qxe5 29. Qxe5 and Rh8+) 29. Rh7 is good enough, though Fritz prefers 29. Qe6+.

27... Kg8 28. Nxe5 dxe5 (28... Qxe5 29. Qg6+ Qg7 30. Qe6+ Qf7 31. Rh8+; 30... Kf8 31. g4 leads to mate.) 29. Qe6+ Kf8 (29... Qf7 30. Rh8+) 30. Rh5 mating or winning the Queen.

27... Ke7 28. Nxe5 Qxe5 (28. dxe5 Rh7) 29. Rh7+ leads to mate.

All analysis due to friendly Fritz.

Jan-01-06  ughaibu: Sorry, yes, somehow I thought the king was on f7, my mistake.
Dec-13-17  saintdufus: I wonder how Lange spotted the move 21.Bd4!

Was it: "If I could deflect the queen somehow, there might be tactical possibilities around g6"...

Or was it more like: "Okay, I've got a strong position, let's look for attacking moves. Bd4 hits the queen but loses a piece...if he captures it, then...hey, wait a second...Rg6+...yes, Bd4 looks good..."

Or maybe it was: "If only the bishop were on the long diagonal, I would have a mating attack on h8. Obviously I can't get it there right now...or can I?"

If we knew the thought-processes that gave rise to great combos, maybe we could learn to think that way ourselves. (There's probably some book about this...)

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